The GRE Issue Essay will provide a brief quotation on an issue of general interest and instructions on how to respond. You must evaluate the issue and develop an argument with support for your side of the issue. In the GRE Issue Essay, you will be developing your own argument.
The essay scoring for the Analytical Writing sections is holistic, which means that the graders base your score on their overall impression of your essay, rather than deducting specific point values for errors. The scoring scale is from 0 to 6, with 6 being the highest score. Two graders will read and score each essay. If their scores differ by more than one point, a third reader will also score the essay. Although the Analytical Writing section comprises two separate essays, ETS reports a single score that represents the average of your scores for the two essays, rounded up to the nearest half-point.
Try the sample GRE Issue Essay prompts below for practice:
GRE Issue Essay Sample Prompt #1
GRE Issue Essay Sample Prompt #2
GRE Issue Essay Sample Prompt #3
Remember that you’ll have 30 minutes to complete the GRE Issue Essay.